RDH = Lifesaver
One of the reasons that I am a proud Dental Geek lies in the fact that an RDH has saved my life twice!
Ann Battrell, the Executive Director of the ADHA, is a dear friend of mine. We were having a quick lunch in San Antonio along the River Walk and catching up with each other. When Ann and I get involved in a discussion, good luck to anyone else getting a word in edgewise! We were engaged in a heated conversation when I apparently inhaled a french fry whole. I stood up from the table and told Ann that I was choking. That’s all I remember! Apparently, I passed out and took out three other lunch tables in my fall to the ground. I came to shortly after only to find Ann behind me engaged in a Heimlich maneuver. She was telling me that I was OK and to just breathe. My first question to her was, “How does my hair look?” See what a lack of oxygen can do to a person? Now, mind you, I am 6’4″ and 230 lbs. Ann is five-foot-nothing and weighs about a buck. Her training led her to a quick response, and the french fry dislodged and shot across the restaurant. Thanks, Ann, for saving my life!
Another RDH saved my life: My personal RDH, Hertha. I was in for my routine cleaning about 8 years ago. Hertha and I were catching up on each other’s lives when she asked me to rinse in the cuspidor. I did as directed and filled the cuspidor with a large amount of bright-red blood and saliva. Hertha saw my shock and surprise and simply stated, It’s the smoking, honey you have to quit. With that, she went to her magical drawer and pulled out a coupon and two pieces of Nicorette® Chewing Gum. This was not a Nicorette® promotion; it was something Hertha did for her smoking patients. We talked about the effects of smoking on my oral health and overall health. I quit smoking the next day.
I humbly raise my geek glass and toast the Hygiene profession they save lives on a daily basis.